Title IX and Civil Rights Equity

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Title IX states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

At Barton, Title IX is an important part of our civil rights equity policy. Reports, including anonymous reports, may be filed online, using the reporting form

For more information, please read the Sexual Assault Information Packet for Reporting Party or Sexual Assault Information Packet for Responding Party.

Title IX encompasses many forms of sex-based discrimination, including, but not limited to, addressing:

  • sexual misconduct, including
    • sexual harassment
    • quid pro quo
    • hostile environment
  • sexual violence (including sexual assault and domestic/dating/intimate partner violence), and
  • stalking, such as
    • being watched or followed
    • being spied on with a listening device, camera, or GPS
    • being approached in unwelcome places
    • receiving unwelcome voice, text or social media messages
    • receiving unwelcome telephone calls, including hang-us
  • sexual exploitation, such as
    • invasion of sexual privacy
    • prostituting another person
    • non-consensual digital, video or audio recording of nudity or sexual activity
    • engaging in voyeurism
    • going beyond boundaries of consent (such as letting your friend hide in closet to watch you having consensual sex)
    • knowingly exposing someone to or transmitting an STI, STD or HIV to another person
    • intentionally or recklessly exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances
    • inducing another to expose their genitals
    • some forms of sexually-based stalking and/or bullying

Title IX requires institutions of higher education to employ a Title IX Coordinator tasked with ensuring compliance and coordinating the investigative process. In addition, schools are required to have a published complaint resolution process that explains to a student, employee or third-party how to report an allegation of harassment or discrimination, list campus and community-based support resources for the parties involved in the investigation process, offer interim and protective measures for the parties involved in the investigation process, and explain possible disciplinary procedures.

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

Cheryl Brown
Title IX Coordinator
Barton Community College
(620) 786-7441

Barton also has two Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

Julie Knoblich
Director of Human Resources
Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Employees, Guests, and Visitors
Kirkman Building, P-116B
245 NE 30 Road
Great Bend, KS 67530-9107
(620) 792.9275, ext. 275

Angie Maddy
Vice President of Student Services
Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Students
Learning Resource Center, L-137
245 NE 30 Road
Great Bend, KS 67530-9107
(620) 792.9322, ext. 322

External inquiries may be made to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline Number: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172

Local OCR office contact information:

Kansas City Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
One Petticoat Lane
1010 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Suite 320
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 268-0550
Fax: (816) 268-0599; TDD: (800) 877-8339

Or for sites other than Kansas, visit the Federal Office of Civil Rights website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

POLICY AND PROCEDURES: Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination

Barton Community College (College, Barton) affirms its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All policies below are subject to resolution using the College’s Equity Grievance Process, as detailed below. The Equity Grievance Process is applicable regardless of the status of the parties involved, who may be members or non-members of the campus community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators and/or staff. The College reserves the right to act on incidents occurring on-campus or off-campus when the off-campus conduct could have an on-campus impact or impact on the educational mission of the College. The College will distribute/post this policy annually to campus, prospective students, their parents, and prospective employees.

Cheryl Brown serves as the Title IX Coordinator and oversees implementation of the College’s policy on equal opportunity, harassment, and nondiscrimination. Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation should be made to the Title IX Coordinator or deputy/deputies, promptly. However, there is no time limitation for the filing of complaints, as long as the accused individual remains subject to the College’s jurisdiction. The College acts promptly on all reports, and every effort is made to preserve the privacy of reports. Anonymous reports may also be filed online, using the reporting form. Reporting is addressed more specifically on p. 14, Section 8, Confidentiality and Reporting of Offenses under this Policy. Reports of discrimination by the Title IX Coordinator should be reported to the College President, (620) 792-9301.

This policy applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at College-sponsored events and may also apply off-campus and to actions online when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest. A substantial College interest is defined to include:

     • Any action that constitutes criminal offense as defined by federal or Kansas state law. These offenses include, but are not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality where the College is located;

     • Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others;

     • Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or

     • Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the College.

Any online postings or other electronic communication by students, including cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, cyber-harassment, etc. occurring completely outside of the College’s control (e.g. not on Barton Community College networks, websites or between college email accounts) will only be subject to this policy when those online behaviors can be shown to cause a substantial on-campus disruption. Otherwise, such communications are considered speech protected by the 1st Amendment.

Off-campus discriminatory or harassing speech by employees may be regulated by the College when such speech impacts an employee’s official or work-related capacity outside of work.

Read the entire policy